Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 21, 2012

Tad Lo Wildlife

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 6:37 am

Southern Laos.

All I have been wanting to do since I have got here in the bush is to sleep. I am so tired now I can hardly keep my eyes open. It must be the fresh country air and the long walks. I set off late today – 7am. I followed the same path as yesterday basically – up along the tracks to the waterfalls.

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

I saw this track off to the right which led up a hill to some sort of aerial. There was a whole heap of screeching and eventually I got a shot of what I thought was a Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo with an actual tail. But no, it turned out to be a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. They are different from the Lesser Racket-tailed drongo in that they are larger, have a tufted forehead, a forked tail(the lesser has a square tail) whose shafts end in twisted pendants.

black butterfly
black dragonfly

This black dragonfly was on the phone wire going over the bridge.

brown dragonfly

emerald dragonfly
iridescent butterfly

I managed to get one shot of this dragonfly with its wings spread a little. They only did it spasmodically and it lasted a millisecond.

elephant dung
elephant dung

I saw some elephant dung by the side of the road and decided to track down this pachyderm. His trail led down to the river, but no heffalump was to be found. I was hoping to find a wild elephant bathing in the river. I am allowed to dream. Update: I had been tracking a tame elephant of course. I happened to find where they take tourists on their rides and cross the river. ha ha.

white-tailed moth
black and white moth

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